Raw material, mature material.

How do infants use paper as a raw material? They use it for play, for tactile experience, for making sound, for hiding, for hugging, for sharing, for large movements and small ones too.

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Infants enjoy exploring paper’s relationship to motion, to wind, and to other people.

The Burlington Children’s Space Infant Room has partnered with atelierista, Rebecca Mack, for a long-term paper arts residency exploring the ways infants use paper as a raw material. Our first work has focused on crumpling and creasing large sheets of white paper. Our process begins with a dry sheet of drawing paper and a lot of play.

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Our play process marks with paper with creases over time, turning something crisp, smooth and loud into something soft, supple and quiet. The paper becomes a familiar part of the classroom as it changes from being a raw material to being a mature material.

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